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Cilic Makes Strong Start in Umag

Umag, Croatia

Cilic© Getty ImagesMarin Cilic reached the final last year in Umag.

Second seed Marin Cilic opened his ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Germany’s Daniel Brands. The Croatian won 72 per cent of points behind his first serve and broke serve four times from five opportunities for victory in 65 minutes.

The 23-year-old Cilic is coming off a successful grass-court season that saw him win the AEGON Championships (d. Nalbandian) at The Queen’s Club and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon (l. to Murray). He improved to a 19-10 match record on the season. The right-hander reached the final in Umag a year ago, finishing runner-up to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Matthias Bachinger enjoyed better fortune than his German countryman, Brands, as he defeated seventh seed Martin Klizan 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes. World No. 108 Bachinger is through to his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season after reaching the semi-finals in Bucharest (l. to Simon) in April.

Fourth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers capitalised on four of his 16 break points to defeat Italian Potito Starace 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 26 minutes. The World No. 24 reached the fourth-round at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrer), but is through to his first tour-level quarter-final of the season.

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